Volunteers collect food

Volunteers collected more than 10,990 pounds of non-perishable food for the Comox Valley Food Bank.

This past Saturday the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive (BCTFD) collected an estimated 402,153 pounds of food for 50 local food banks throughout the province.

“It was great to see how the residents of our communities came forward to support our project,” said Andrew Rolfson, BCTFD executive director. “The success can be credited to communities selflessly working together donating time, talent, and means to meet the needs of others — for this, we are truly thankful.”

In Courtenay, the BCTFD event included more than 104 volunteers providing over 383 hours of service to the community. They were able to visit some 4,725 homes, and collected more than 10,990 pounds of non-perishable food for the Comox Valley Food Bank Society.

Susan Somerset of the Comox Valley Food Bank Society is absolutely delighted and overwhelmed and so happy that the food bank can now put extras in the bags.

“This will help for the next three to four months and the community has really come through and helped us,” she reacts. “We cannot think of enough words; we were completely overwhelmed when the volunteers were unloading the truck. We have never had a food drive like this.

“Our counters were covered; it was all in the aisles. This year was almost triple last years’ results. We are completely thrilled with the results.”

The local BCTFD event in Courtenay was sponsored by

Quality Foods and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

— BC Thanksgiving Food Drive